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  • Utilizing Data to Inform Decision Making in a Pandemic and Shape Future Practices

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/12/2020

    The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has disrupted life as we know it, including how we practice and deliver healthcare. During this unprecedented time, it is critical to utilize data to inform decision making and future practices. Data collection and analysis have critical roles in shaping programs, tracking progress, evaluating results, demonstrating accountability, and informing policies that will improve plans for future events. This presentation will take you through an historic journey covering several pandemics and will showcase how data collection and research significantly contributed to informed decision making. We will explore the importance of both qualitative and quantitative research, various data sources, and data reporting limitations, as well as opportunities to affect change during this pandemic and well into the future.

    The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has disrupted life as we know it, including how we practice and deliver healthcare. During this unprecedented time, it is critical to utilize data to inform decision making and future practices. Data collection and analysis have critical roles in shaping programs, tracking progress, evaluating results, demonstrating accountability, and informing policies that will improve plans for future events. This presentation will take you through an historic journey covering several pandemics and will showcase how data collection and research significantly contributed to informed decision making. We will explore the importance of both qualitative and quantitative research, various data sources, and data reporting limitations, as well as opportunities to affect change during this pandemic and well into the future.

    Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will be able to: 

    •       Discuss the importance of data collection during a pandemic

    •       Review the importance of both qualitative and quantitative research.

    •       Explore how data drives informed decision-making.

    •       Review current COVID-19 data reporting limitations and opportunities.

    Buffy Lloyd-Krejci

    Founder, Lloyd-Krejci Consulting

    Founder Dr. Buffy Lloyd-Krejci has always had a passion for mitigating infectious diseases through a data-driven approach. Utilizing her degrees in Applied Mathematics and Bio-Medical Informatics, she participated in a national CDC and CMS pilot study supporting long-term care facilities in enrolling and reporting Clostridioides difficile infection into NHSN. Buffy realized how infections impact this vulnerable patient population with national estimates of 1-3 million infections leading to 380,000 deaths every year. Drawn to action to improve the infection prevention landscape, she founded Lloyd-Krejci Consulting.  

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: August 12, 2023

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

  • Episode 67: August 5, 2020 - Vascular Access Team: Managing Challenges Associated with COVID-19

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Vascular access team members discuss challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Vascular access team members discuss challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    Scripps Mercy Hospital

    Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is senior director of patient care at Scripps Mercy Hospitals where she has dual campus leadership responsibility for venous access nurses, advanced practice nurses and interventional radiology, along with cardiac and endoscopy services. Elizabeth also currently serves as the COVID-19 operations chief for the San Diego campus in Hillcrest. 

    Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

    Scripps Mercy Hospital

    Patti Ryan, MSN, RN, has been an RN for over 43 years. She received her Diploma is Nursing from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 and her BSN from University of San Diego in 1989. She earned her MSN, Family Health CNS, in 1993. Patti has eclectic work experience including US Navy, pediatrics, neonatal, oncology, CNS, and home health. She has been employed at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA since 2001 and a member of the Vascular Access Team since 2004. Patti is a wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 1. Her outside interests include RV adventures, crocheting and other handicrafts, disability advocacy.

    Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

    Precision Vascular Access

    Marivic has over 15 years of nursing experience, with the bulk of her career being spent in CVICU. While working in critical care, Marivic dabbled in other areas of nursing, such as a Recovery Room Nursing, teaching Clinicals at a Vocational Nursing School, facilitating megacodes for ACLS classes and getting involved in the Code Blue Committee, as well as a managerial role at an outpatient infusion center. Her experience helped her to easily transition to her new role of IV Nurse in 2014. Her plans to convert to a Vascular Access Team took place shortly thereafter, where bedside PICC placement would be a newly implemented approach to care. She helped to see through the conversion from an IV Team to a Vascular Access Team and went on to obtain her Vascular Access Board Certification. 

    In 2018, Precision Vascular Access was founded in order to address a gap in care in the local medical community. Since its inception, Precision Vascular Access has helped to close a gap in care in the outpatient world, providing all-inclusive outpatient infusion care to patients and doctors alike. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    ·      Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    ·      Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

    ·       Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

    Abstract:

    In this podcast, vascular access team members discuss the challenges of practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members address changes in time management, personal protective equipment protocols, and vascular access device selection. Learn how these exceptional clinicians have worked to modify practice to accommodate changes needed during the pandemic. Explore how teamwork and collaboration across the organization has boosted morale for health care personnel.

  • Episode 66: July 23, 2020 - SHEA and INS Collaboration Podcast - Working together to address COVID-19 Challenges

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Collaboration During COVID-19. Infusion Nurses Society in Collaboration with Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). In this episode, Dr. Sara Keller and Dawn Berndt discuss a collaboration between Hospital Epidemiology and Infusion Nursing.

    Collaboration During COVID-19. Infusion Nurses Society in Collaboration with Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). In this episode, Dr. Sara Keller and Dawn Berndt discuss a collaboration between Hospital Epidemiology and Infusion Nursing.

    Sara C. Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP

    Assistant Professor of Medicine Infection Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Sara C. Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Faculty in the Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr Keller's research interests focus on improving the quality of care of patients receiving parenteral antibiotics outside the hospital, measures and outcomes among patients with central venous catheters in the home, and improving ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship. 

    Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI®

    Clinical Education & Publications Manager, INS

    Dawn serves as INS’ Clinical Education and Publications Manager. She has been an active INS member and a CRNI® since 2005. She served on INS’ National Council on Education from 2011 to 2014 and on INS’ Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large from 2017 to 2018. Prior to joining the INS team, Dawn worked for 13 years as a clinical nurse specialist for infusion and as nurse manager of the infusion center, the venous access team, and the RN response team at the University of Wisconsin Health - University Hospital. Dawn holds a doctor of nursing practice in clinical leadership from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; a master’s of nursing education from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix.

    Guests: 
    • Sara Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP – Moderator
    • Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® 

    Abstract: 
    We’re all in this Together: COVID-19 Allies in Infection Prevention
    We’ve joined the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) for an episode of their Allies in Infection Prevention Podcast. This podcast series focuses on collaborative efforts, as well as opportunities for different disciplines to address and confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Take a listen to Working together to address COVID-19 Challenges.

    Resources:
    Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). https://www.shea-online.org/ 
    Infusion Nurses Society (INS). www.ins1.org 

  • Pandemic Perspectives: Placing COVID-19 in Historical Context

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 07/15/2020

    PANDEMIC: Prevalence in an entire country or the world. Historical records indicate infectious diseases have reached pandemic proportions throughout history, each affecting thousands, even millions of people across the globe. The coronavirus (COVID-19), now listed among other notorious diseases, has impacted 216 countries or territories and has infected more than 9 million people. This webinar presents COVID-19 within an historical context and includes a review of viral and bacterial infection and transmission.

    PANDEMIC: Prevalence in an entire country or the world. Historical records indicate infectious diseases have reached pandemic proportions throughout history, each affecting thousands, even millions of people across the globe. The coronavirus (COVID-19), now listed among other notorious diseases, has impacted 216 countries or territories and has infected more than 9 million people. This webinar presents COVID-19 within an historical context and includes a review of viral and bacterial infection and transmission. 

    Learning Outcomes:
    At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will be able to: 
    1) Recognize COVID-19 in relation to other notable pandemic diseases
    2) Describe the differences between viral and bacterial infection
    3) List common types of transmission and transmission prevention 

    Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI®

    Clinical Education & Publications Manager, INS

    Dawn serves as INS’ Clinical Education and Publications Manager. She has been an active INS member and a CRNI® since 2005. She served on INS’ National Council on Education from 2011 to 2014 and on INS’ Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large from 2017 to 2018. Prior to joining the INS team, Dawn worked for 13 years as a clinical nurse specialist for infusion and as nurse manager of the infusion center, the venous access team, and the RN response team at the University of Wisconsin Health - University Hospital. Dawn holds a doctor of nursing practice in clinical leadership from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin; a master’s of nursing education from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: July 15, 2023

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

  • Episode 65: July 10, 2020 - Promoting Excellence in Infusion Nursing Through CRNI® Certification

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Make an impact: Validate your expertise in the infusion therapy specialty through CRNI® certification.

    Make an impact: Validate your expertise in the infusion therapy specialty through CRNI® certification.

    Adrienne Segundo

    Certification Manager, INCC

    Adrienne is the Certification Manager for the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC). She is responsible for CRNI® certification development, maintenance, and growth, as well as working with subject matter experts and INS membership volunteers toward the ongoing development of the CRNI® credential. She also ensures that certification-related activities are carried out according to accreditation standards set by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Adrienne has more than 19 years of association management experience, all which of which has been in certification program operations.

    Valerie Sanchez

    Certification Administrator, INCC

    Valerie is responsible for administering all tasks associated with the maintenance of the CRNI® certification program and the growth of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. With the rest of the team, she creates and implements innovative and engaging certification initiatives. With over a decade of experience in marketing, sales and advertising, Valerie brings a unique approach toward management and administration.  Valerie is happy to answer any questions regarding the CRNI® exam, CRNI® Academy, and the recertification process in general.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    • Adrienne Segundo, INCC Certification Manager
    • Valerie Sanchez, INCC Certification Administrator

    Abstract: 
    Are you ready to be certified? Validating your experience by becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) is one of the most significant decisions you can make in your infusion nursing journey. The Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation, INCC, offers the only specialty certification for infusion nurses that is nationally recognized and accredited. Listen as Adrienne Segundo, INCC Certification Manager and Valerie Sanchez, INCC Certification Administrator describe the importance of certification and learn what INCC resources are available to help you attain your goal. INCC is ready to assist you in becoming a CRNI®!


    Resources:
    • Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation: https://www.ins1.org/crni-cert... 
    • CRNI Exam Study Handbook: https://www.ins1.org/wp-conten... 
    • CRNI Study Information: https://www.ins1.org/crni-cert... 
    • CRNI Exam Basics: https://www.ins1.org/crni-cert... 
    • Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.ins1.org/crni-cert... 

  • Vascular Access Device Care and Management: A Comprehensive Organizational Approach

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Infusion Nurses Society asserts that a comprehensive organizational approach to vascular access device (VAD) care and management is imperative to ensure safe and efficacious patient care. It is essential that each organization (1) develops policies and procedures to align VAD care and management with recognized standards of practice; (2) integrates unique aspects of organization-selected VAD care products into policies and procedures and establishes expectations for adherence to these organizational directives; (3) develops a framework for gathering and analyzing clinical data related to patient outcomes for VAD care and management; (4) utilizes quality outcome data to facilitate evidence-based best practices within the organization; and (5) evaluates and facilitates educational programming to validate clinician competency.

    The Infusion Nurses Society asserts that a comprehensive organizational approach to vascular access device (VAD) care and management is imperative to ensure safe and efficacious patient care. It is essential that each organization (1) develops policies and procedures to align VAD care and management with recognized standards of practice; (2) integrates unique aspects of organization-selected VAD care products into policies and procedures and establishes expectations for adherence to these organizational directives; (3) develops a framework for gathering and analyzing clinical data related to patient outcomes for VAD care and management; (4) utilizes quality outcome data to facilitate evidence-based best practices within the organization; and (5) evaluates and facilitates educational programming to validate clinician competency.

  • Biosimilars in Cancer Therapy and Beyond: Implications for Nursing Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/17/2020

    This webinar will guide the participant through the brief history of biologics. We will explore the science and the advances that have been made since the first EMA-approved biosimilar, omnitropin, a recombinant human growth hormone with indications for pituitary dwarfism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and Turner Syndrome, hit the EU market in 2006, as well as the first FDA-approved biosimilar, filgrastim-sndz hit the US market in 2015. A robust discussion on the progress of biosimilars in Europe and the US, relating to research and development, access, outcomes, cost savings, and nursing implications before, during, and after biosimilar administration are included in this webinar.

    Commerical Support: Coherus

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    Biosimilars are biologics, such as hormones and monoclonal antibodies, which are produced from living systems that may be sourced from nature or “genetically engineered,” AKA “biotech” products. A biosimilar is defined as a biologic product that is highly similar to and has no clinically meaningful differences from an existing FDA-approved reference biologic. Biologics have revolutionized the treatment and management of many malignant diseases, such as cancer. Biosimilars provide opportunities for improving healthcare access and outcomes, as well as reducing overall healthcare costs because of their cheaper price, relative to their reference biologics. 

    This webinar will guide the participant through the brief history of biologics. We will explore the science and the advances that have been made since the first EMA-approved biosimilar, omnitropin, a recombinant human growth hormone with indications for pituitary dwarfism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and Turner Syndrome, hit the EU market in 2006, as well as the first FDA-approved biosimilar, filgrastim-sndz hit the US market in 2015. A robust discussion on the progress of biosimilars in Europe and the US, relating to research and development, access, outcomes, cost savings, and nursing implications before, during, and after biosimilar administration are included in this webinar.

    Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will be able to:

    o Describe the history, science and advances in biosimilar development, analytical methods, and commercialization
    o Verbalize the step-wise approach for the development of biosimilars
    o Outline the nursing implications for interchangeability and substitution issues concerning biosimilars
    o Summarize the FDA-approved indications of biosimilars and the nursing roles before, during, and after their administrations 

    Joseph D. Tariman, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN

    Dr. Joseph D. Tariman, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, is the editor and author of the only myeloma nursing textbooks (1st, 2nd, and the upcoming 3rd editions), author of eight myeloma book chapters, 18 conference abstracts, and 72 PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed papers. He has given hundreds of presentations on topics affecting myeloma nursing practice, including the use of biosimilars, at local, regional, national and international conferences. He is currently an associate editor for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing through June 2020.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 17, 2023

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • The Psychological Crisis of COVID-19 that too few are talking about: CLINICIANS AT RISK

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/10/2020

    INS and AVA are coming together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Healthcare workers are facing significant challenges in their professional and personal lives, due to COVID-19. These challenges may result in ongoing stress and evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and anger. This is matter of significance and urgency for clinicians. We are partnering with AVA to create awareness and promote dialogue about this issue within our community. We are offering this webinar at no cost to non-members and we encourage everyone to share in this opportunity. Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson, as they share experiences, include audience interaction, and use case studies to illustrate specific, practical interventions to minimize stress. They will also discuss the science that underpins current stressors.

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    INS and AVA are coming together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Healthcare workers are facing significant challenges in their professional and personal lives, due to COVID-19. These challenges may result in ongoing stress and evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and anger. This is matter of significance and urgency for clinicians. We are partnering with AVA to create awareness and promote dialogue about this issue within our community. We are offering this webinar at no cost to non-members and we encourage everyone to share in this opportunity.  

    Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson, as they share experiences, include audience interaction, and use case studies to illustrate specific, practical interventions to minimize stress. They will also discuss the science that underpins current stressors.

    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, the clinician will be able to:

    o Describe compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, second victim and moral distress
    o Recognize common challenges and stressors related to the pandemic
    o Identify and implement at least one practical intervention to help reduce stress
    o List several resources from nationally recognized professional organizations


    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Director of Clinical Education, INS

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, is the Director of Clinical Education for INS. In her role, she directs the development of educational programs and resources for INS and develops strategic alliances with other organizations. She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona, conducting research focusing on compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals. A nurse for more than 32 years, Dr. Steinheiser has had experience in acute care, home infusion, long-term care, regulatory organizations, and academic nursing.

    Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC

    Director of Clinical Education, AVA

    Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC, has been a vascular access vascular access specialist since 2004. She has experienced the joys and heartbreak of this craft, having advanced her practice to include insertion of all peripherally and centrally inserted catheters, as well as arterial devices. She is a founding member and president of her local Vascular Access Network and has served as president of AVA in 2017. She joined the AVA staff in 2018 as Director of Clinical Education.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 10, 2023

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

    This course fulfills 1 credit towards VA-BCTM recertification.

  • Episode 64: June 3, 2020 - Clinicians at Risk: The Psychological Crisis of COVID-19

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    INS and AVA come together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson as they discuss the psychological crisis of COVID-19, the impact on clinicians and their upcoming webinar on this topic.

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    INS and AVA come together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson as they discuss the psychological crisis of COVID-19, the impact on clinicians and their upcoming webinar on this topic. 

    Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC

    Director of Clinical Education, AVA

    Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC, has been a vascular access vascular access specialist since 2004. She has experienced the joys and heartbreak of this craft, having advanced her practice to include insertion of all peripherally and centrally inserted catheters, as well as arterial devices. She is a founding member and president of her local Vascular Access Network and has served as president of AVA in 2017. She joined the AVA staff in 2018 as Director of Clinical Education.

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Director of Clinical Education, INS

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, is the Director of Clinical Education for INS. In her role, she directs the development of educational programs and resources for INS and develops strategic alliances with other organizations. She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona, conducting research focusing on compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals. A nurse for more than 32 years, Dr. Steinheiser has had experience in acute care, home infusion, long-term care, regulatory organizations, and academic nursing.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests: 
    • Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC – AVA Director of Clinical Education
    • Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI® – INS Director of Clinical Education

    INS and AVA come together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Healthcare workers are facing significant challenges in their professional and personal lives, due to COVID-19. These challenges may result in ongoing stress and evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, defeat, guilt and anger. Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson as they discuss the psychological crisis of COVID-19, the impact on clinicians and their upcoming webinar on this topic.

    Resources:

    · American Nurse Association (ANA) - https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus/what-you-need-to-know/mental-health-and-well-being/

    Resource Categories:

           o   Mental Health and Stress

           o   Family Support

           o   Fatigue

           o   Financial Help

           o   Grief & Bereavement

           o   Support Groups

           o   Hotlines such as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    · The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare - https://www.theschwartzcenter.org/covid-19?utm_source=website&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=covid19

    The Schwartz Center is dedicated to strengthening the human connection at the heart of health care.


  • Episode 63: May 27, 2020 - National Coalition for IV Push Safety: Every Patient. Every Dose. Always Safe.

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    National Coalition for IV Push Safety: Promoting safe practices for IV push medications by aligning practices, policies, procedures, and increasing practitioner awareness.

    National Coalition for IV Push Safety: Promoting safe practices for IV push medications by aligning practices, policies, procedures, and increasing practitioner awareness.

    ​Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE

    Chief Nursing Officer, Visante Inc.

    Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, is the Chief Nursing Officer for Visante Inc., a medication management consulting firm. She has a long career in positions of progressive responsibility, both in nursing and hospital administration. Most recently, Maureen has served as Vice President of Quality, Safety, Risk, Accreditation, and Infection Control for Indiana University Health. As a consultant, she is thrilled to be able to focus her research, writing, and consulting on medication safety, especially when it involves IV push medications and drug diversion in healthcare. Ms. Burger obtained a master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She is certified in Healthcare Quality and is recognized as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives. When she is not advocating for patients and safety, Maureen, and her husband breed and race thoroughbred horses. Maureen lives in Indianapolis, IN. 

    Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

    Adjunct instructor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

    Candy Cross MSN-Ed, RN, has been practicing nursing for over 30 years and has maintained certification in critical care (CCRN) from the AACN for over 20 years. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Master’s in Nursing Education and has spent the last 12 years educating nurses. She has been an advocate for safe practice guidelines for intravenous push (IVP) medications for the past four years. In 2019, Candy and a small team of nurses from Arizona received a Cheers Award from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) for the work they did in Arizona to promote ISMP’s best practice Guidelines for IVP medication preparation and administration. Candy currently works as an Adjunct Clinical Educator. She also volunteers for Pawsitive Friendships, a non-profit organization that promotes pet therapy for special needs children. In addition, she volunteers for a local hospital’s Paws for Patients program, which promotes pet therapy for hospitalized patients. She is passionate about nursing education and promoting safe practice guidelines related to IVP medication administration. Candy is excited to see the work this National Coalition will do to promote patient safety. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests: 

    • Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE 
    • Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

    The National Coalition for IV Push Safety is working to achieve adoption of best practice guidelines for IV push medications. Variation in practices, especially manipulation of sterile injectable products and dilution, carries a significant risk of patient harm and adverse drug events. In this podcast, Maureen Burger and Candy Cross describe the problems associated with syringe preparation and injection practices that threaten patient safety.    

    Resources:

    ·      National Coalition for IV Push Safety website: www.ncivps.org

    ·      Take Action: https://www.ncivps.org/partners

    ·      Hertig JB, Degnan DD, Scott CR, Lenz JR, Li X, Anderson CM. A Comparison of Error Rates Between Intravenous Push Methods: A Prospective, Multisite, Observational Study. J Patient Saf. 2018;14(1):60‐65. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000419

    ·      Hanrahan K, Wagner M, Matthews G, et al. Sacred cow gone to pasture: a systematic evaluation and integration of evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2015;12(1):3‐11. doi:10.1111/wvn.12072